The London 2012 Olympic Games may seem like a long time ago to some, but one thing that hasn’t stopped is all the talk of the event’s ‘legacy’, with government and sporting officials vowing to use the Games as a platform for wider improvements within the city.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which contains several iconic venues used in the Games – such as the Olympic Stadium and the Velodrome – has already been put to good use since the curtain came down on sport’s greatest show, with a number of concerts and festival being staged there over the past 18 months.
Now, for the first time, one of the sporting facilities built specifically for the Olympics is set to open its doors to the public, with the Aquatics Centre being converted to a place of recreation from this Saturday (March 1st) onwards.
This is fantastic news for anyone who fancies the idea of following in the footsteps of the likes of Tom Daley, Ellie Simmonds and Rebecca Adlington, all of whom won medals in the water here during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The centre has three separate pools for visitors to enjoy: a 50-m-long competition pool for serious swimmers (which has a movable floor so that the depth can be altered depending on the level of competition), a training pool for fun and games, and a diving pool. Olympic Aquatics Centre is easy to reach for those staying in The Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel.
The latter features a number of platforms ranging from 1 m to 10 m in height, as well as springboards at 1m and 3m. It’s where Tom Daley chooses to train, so visitors may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him perfecting his latest dive routines.
A range of courses, lessons and competitions will be held at the Aquatics Centre on a regular basis, so anyone who fancies doing a little more than just swimming lengths will have plenty of opportunity to do so.